Mr. Misunderstood On the Rocks Live & (Mostly) Unplugged is Eric Church’s second live album. He released his first one, Caught in the Act: Live, which was recorded at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO in 2013. The new set includes six songs from his surprise album “Mr. Misunderstood,” which was released right before the 49th Annual CMA Awards. This album was set out to celebrate one of the greatest albums to date for The Chief.
Mistress Named Music — Red Rocks Medley
I’m so glad he started off the album with a song like this. Even in the first verse, I was completely hooked, but I completely lost my soul when he sang:
With a guitar full of freedom and a head full of lines. That nightlife full of demons has been a hell of a ride. I got a crazy heart, but I was born to lose it. Married to a dream with a mistress named music.
His voice changes and the crowd tries to get up to his level and it makes me want to belt it out, but only Eric Church could sway his voice the way he does. This song resonates because aren’t we all Married to a dream with a mistress named music?
As if the crowd couldn’t get into it anymore, he decided to cover some songs in the middle of it and my favorite cover has to be “Piano Man.” He has the perfect voice for it and the crowd completely loses it when he starts to sing “Troubadour.”
Starting off with a shaker and a strong guitar riff mixed with other percussion instruments, you know that this isn’t going to be your typical country song. But honestly, is any of Eric Church’s songs typical? I mean really? This song has such a groove to it – like you’re over in New Orleans jamming out to a big band taking over a town square. Can’t you just picture it?
Mixed Drinks About Feelings
Now this song might be on repeat forever. Such an amazing piano part played softly in the background and as I’m sitting in Starbucks writing this piece I am completely swaying as if my body has lost all control as the music drowns out the noise around me. Susan Tedeschi adds such an amazing contrast to his vocals.
Knives Of New Orleans
I swear each song of his has the best guitar riffs. I love how Eric Church uses the guitar in each of his songs. It draws you in even before you hear any of the lyrics.
I love his “outlaw” mentality and how he has never put himself in a box. This kind of mentality helped him pen the lyrics to the greatest fugitive song I’ve ever heard. This song, well, I wouldn’t want to be the guy in it. I’m not sure what he did to have an entire manhunt after him, but I’m kinda hoping he gets away from whoever is chasing him. It makes you think did he make it or did his demons finally catch up to him? It’s an open-ended song that will have each person draw their own conclusions. I’m just sitting over here, waiting for a sequel.
Kill A Word
An interesting take on how words are just words, but they can cut deep depending on the situation. If only we could “Kill A Word” and only hear the positive ones. Reading these lyrics, I was entranced by how clever they are. This particular lyric stuck out to me: “Give me sticks, give me stones. Bend my body, break my bones.”
We’ve all heard the phrase “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Well, Eric Church changes the meaning of this phrase – he’s saying that words can hurt and if only he could turn negative words into positive ones this world would be a better place.
This was a hit for Eric Church – making it his seventh No. 1. I wasn’t surprised. Each time I hear this song I seem to get more out of it. It’s as if this song adds more meaning each time it’s played. I love the drums and guitar working together in the background as his voice stays the main focus of the song. That is, until after the first chorus, the guitar does this amazing solo before the drums return. I find myself mastering the air guitar after hearing it.
Originally a Leonard Cohen classic, The Chief did it justice. The fans sang along to every word and he sang it with such emotion. It was like I was right in the crowd at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. I love how much time he took to sing the song. He took the time to play his guitar and really articulated each word, making it more powerful as the song went on.
Have you been to a live Eric Church show? What was your favorite song that he sang live?
This special album is only available at Walmart and you’ll have to wait a little longer for the vinyl release.